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Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue State

Gov. Ortom neither authorises nor grants permits for use of public places

Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue State
Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue State

The Benue State government has denied reports credited to a serving Senator of the Federal Republic that he was denied access to the use of public venues for meetings in some parts of Benue State.

According to statement signed by Tahav Agerzua, Special Adviser, Media and ICT, the reports insinuated that Governor Samuel Ortom gave orders for the denial.

The statement said that “one wishes that such were not true and that someone was misquoted because nothing could be further from the truth.

“The Governor neither authorizes, grants, nor influences the grant of permits for the use of public places in the state and therefore, could not have been responsible if anyone was denied the use of any such place.

“Moreover, the Governor presides over the affairs of the entire state including the Senator’s senatorial district and every local government area.

“If the Senator could have access to public places in the other local government areas in the state and was denied the use of such in a particular local government council, as he claimed, he should investigate the circumstances rather than blaming the Governor.

“It might not just be a coincidence that the council headquarters where the legislator was said to have been denied the use of public arena happens to be within an area where the electorate voted overwhelmingly against him in a recent election hence his resort to cast the people and the Governor in bad light because he belongs to the party they preferred.

“Still, one would expect that leaders in the state in general, and particularly of the stature of a Senator and Governor, would be on talking terms and that if such a thing like what the Senator claimed happened, the two could discuss and resolve without the resort to apportioning blames in the media.”

The statement assured the people of the state that Governor Ortom “would not use the mandate they freely and overwhelmingly gave him to deny anyone of his legitimate right for whatever reason,” and pledged “never to deploy the condemnable antics of the former ruling party, such as the denial of landing rights and use of public places, against the opposition.”

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